Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ Revolver Tour featuring the Spectacular Spinning Songbook arrived at The Palms in Las Vegas sans their spinning wheel. A Friday the 13th in Las Vegas was more than enough novelty though and Costello tore through a versatile and eclectic set list. Ripping into ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ and ‘Heart Of the City’ to open the night, Costello’s punk spirit sounded intact and no less alive than when he first arrived on record in 1977. Without the spinning wheel, the band kept the focus on his endless songbook from the classic ‘Everyday I Write The Book’ to ‘A Slow Drag With Josephine’, an acoustic gem from 2010’s National Ransom which could have easily been mistaken for a lost classic from Tin Pan Alley in 1921. Costello worked his way through an exquisite collection of vintage guitars while The Imposters brought new life to even the most heard Costello classics. The crowd returned the energy and stayed on their feet most of the night as Costello roamed the front of the stage engaging them with his guitar licks as the sweet swirl of the Hammond B organ filled the theater. Returning to stage later in the night, and always the showman, Costello lamented the missing spinning wheel but joked there’s an app for that. On cue, an i-Pad appeared on stage with a camera trained on its screen as his attractive assistant brought a medley of women on stage to spin the little computer program. I Can Sing A Rainbow was chosen and the band obliged with color songs ‘Greenshirt’, ‘Red Shoes’, and a joyful sing along on Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ while the women danced happily around Costello. Closing with the favorites ‘Alison’, ‘Pump It Up’, and ‘Peace Love & Understanding’, the atmosphere felt like a party as a few more fans took the stage to dance and sing. One of the finest songwriters to ever play rock and roll, a deep set list, and a spirit of adventure turned the concert into an inspiring celebration of music for both the band and the audience.


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